Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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The Story of an Open Document

May 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When a cross-government team prepared to write the government’s new open data policy they wanted to do it in the most open way possible, Ben Balter, a Presidential Innovation Fellow who worked on the project, said. So for its primer on best open data practices, the team eschewed the common...

Feds Release Source Code for Dozens of Government Apps

May 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s Digital Services Innovation Center posted the computer code for dozens of citizen-facing mobile applications and websites to the code-sharing site Github on Tuesday. Officials at the center, which is part of the General Services Administration, posted the Mobile Code Catalog to Github so developers from other agencies or...

ICE Wants One Supplier for All Its Mobile Needs

May 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is looking for a single company to cover all its mobile needs, from providing equipment and data services to mobile device management and services to improve cell coverage inside its buildings. The provider should also offer a Web portal where ICE can order additional...

Not All Data Are Equal

May 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been updated to correct a typo in the original headline. One step to making government more data-driven is figuring out which data can lead to good decisions and which are less valuable, Office of Management and Budget official Kathryn Stack said Monday. “Frankly one of the steps...

A New One-Stop Shop for State-Level Mobile Apps

May 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking for farm fresh produce in Delaware or curious about the driver’s test in Montana? The National Association of State Chief Information Officers can hook you up. The association launched a catalog of state government mobile applications Monday featuring about 160 apps from 47 states. The goal is to give...

How YouTube Can Make Your Congressional Hearing a Hit

May 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A video of Wednesday’s Benghazi hearing that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee live streamed on YouTube is already the 18th most viewed video out of roughly 2,400 on the committee’s page. Wednesday was the first time any Congressional committee live streamed a hearing on YouTube, though most committees...

CDC Wants Trainees to 'Temporarily Forget' Exercises Aren't Real

May 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deploys staff members to some of the most stressful and dangerous environments on earth and the agency wants to make sure they have the emotional wherewithal to handle that pressure. In 2009, the CDC began using virtual reality environments that mimicked the sights,...

A Blast from the Open Data Past

May 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With President Obama’s release of new cross-government open data standards Thursday, I thought it would be a good time to look back at this 1996 New York Times article. (My apologies for any pay wall issues). That’s the year President Clinton issued a policy statement clarifying that the U.S. military...

White House Orders Agencies to Follow New Open Data Standards

May 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government agencies must collect and publish new information in open, machine-readable and, whenever possible, non-proprietary formats, according to a White House executive order and open data policy published Thursday. The new policy also gives agencies six months to create an inventory of all the datasets they collect and maintain; an...

New Tool Could Free Syrian Rebels From Reliance on State Internet

May 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Syrian rebels may soon have a tool that can effectively nullify what appears to have been a state-imposed Internet blackout this week, the director of the Open Technology Institute said Wednesday. Sascha Meinrath’s Institute is working on Commotion, a U.S.-government funded project to create “mesh” networks of local Internet connections...

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